“VideoScribe is very simply laid out, and starts from the premise that the user is an animation novice.”
When did you start using VideoScribe?
We purchased VideoScribe with a view to using it for our on-boarding/induction programme, but when we were asked to present a case study to fellow members of the Charity Learning Consortium, we decided it would be perfect to use it within our presentation to help tell our eLearning story.
How easy was it to use?
Philippa: I’m the sort of person who will jump straight into a programme, experiment and discover through trial and error, rather than read instructions or manuals. I do come from an art & design background, and edit music and video in my spare time, so to be fair, I wasn’t daunted at learning such a programme. However, even if I hadn’t had this background, VideoScribe is very simply laid out, and starts from the premise that the user is an animation novice.
What has been the result?
We’ve had a really positive response to our first foray into animating our charity story. I think people take to it because it’s colourful, fun, and gets information across in a really memorable, impactful way. This has given us the confidence to use VideoScribe as an integral part of our on-boarding programme for new starters, as well as for our internal HR training videos, and more. There’s so much scope!
Philippa & Patrycja’s top tips for using VideoScribe
1. Play first. Don’t try and create a finished product the first time you use the programme – it’s like learning to paint: just take the blank canvas and do some throwaway ‘sketches’ at first whilst you get used to the programme
2. Think about your voiceover before you start. If you are including a voiceover in your animation, storyboard from a written script first. Once you have the written (voiceover) script, use the animation tools to illustrate the key points of your script. I recorded the voiceover after I created the animation, and I rehearsed the timing of the voiceover to match exactly. This is where the transition editing tools are very important, so you can tweak the movement of the visuals to match the audio exactly. Make sure you use a decent external microphone to record any voiceovers, rehearse beforehand, and balance any background music using the volume controls.
3. It’s not like PowerPoint. Don’t forget the screen runs like a movie reel or scroll of canvas, rather than a slideshow. The action moves across the screen, so add your elements to the screen as you would if it were a ‘moving painting’
4. Do some fact finding. Explore the various libraries thoroughly at the beginning, including all the amazing music clips
5. Have fun! This will really come across in your video
Our first VideoScribe: This video formed part of a recent CIWF case study presentation
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